Casey Affleck used his acceptance speech for best actor at the Film Independent Spirit Awards to call out the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration as “abhorrent” and “un-American.”
The Manchester by the Sea actor finished his speech at Saturday’s ceremony by telling the crowd, “I just want to say the polices of this administration are abhorrent and they will not last … and they’re really un-American.”
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He then referenced a recent piece written by O.J.: Made in America director Ezra Edelman’s mother, activist and Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who called this a “time to struggle for the future of the soul of our nation.”
“I know this feels preachy and boring and I’m preaching to the choir but I’m just lending my little voice to the chorus here,” Affleck added. “And saying that all of you, [if] you are struggling, you’re doing it so, so well and speaking up and I’m really proud to be a part of this community for that reason.”
Affleck is nominated in the best actor category at Sunday’s Oscars as well.